On Thursday, June 4th, the Cabinet announced that it’s extending the general mobilization for four weeks until July 5th. The current lockdown was supposed to end on June 7th.
Lebanon is seeing a surge of coronavirus cases linked to repatriation flights. Just today, 50 news cases were recorded. They were traced back to a woman who came from Saudi Arabia and did not self-quarantine.
It is the sixth time the government extends the general mobilization period. Despite this, the country will still be following the stages of reopening.
Many places have already reopened since June 1st, including malls, beaches, resorts, hotels, whole food markets, financial institutions, maintenance companies, and more.
According to the Minister of Information, Manal Abdel-Samad, these places may remain open. However, people are still expected to take preventative measures, such as wearing face masks and abiding by the curfew between midnight and 5 a.m.
This Saturday, June 6th, was supposed to mark the beginning of the fifth stage of reopening Lebanon. On this day, protesters plan to gather in Martyrs’ Square, to reignite the revolution.
About the protests, Abdel-Samad said that they have the right to protest so long as protesters wear face masks, don’t block roads, don’t destroy public or private property, and don’t clash with security forces and civilians.
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